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Relay for Life event begins this weekend

Gail Foster helps husband Dean, a cancer survivor for 18 years trace his handprint on the East Lincoln Relay for Life banner. The banner will be at the Relay for Life event this weekend, showing over 200 cancer survivors in the area. Diane Turbyfill / LTN Photo

Nancy Friday traces her handprint on the East Lincoln banner for Relay for Life. She takes a black permanent marker and writes in the outline she has just drawn.
“Nancy Friday, 23-year survivor,” she writes.
She says it took faith in God, but Friday is here today after being diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 41.
Now at the age of 65, after two mastectomies and re-constructive breast surgery, she lives to tell her story.
“I was diagnosed August 1981,” she said. “When you are diagnosed at that young age and the doctor comes in and tells you you have to have a mastectomy, it’s very traumatic.”
She said a friend who had been a victim of prostate cancer helped give her strength as well as looking to God.
Friday has been involved with the East Lincoln Relay for Life for two years.
Her daughter, Lou Cloninger, is a volunteer with Relay and told her mother about the event.
“I just didn’t know anything about it,” Friday said.
Friday and her husband, Joe, also a cancer survivor, attended the Survivors dinner Monday night at Salem United Methodist Church, a kick-off for Relay for Life.
The room was filled with more than 200 people who were enjoying dinner, cake and friends. Everyone wore name tags and all survivors traced their hand on a large banner.
Those who registered at the dinner will participate in Relay For Life this weekend.
The handprint banner will be carried around the track at East Lincoln High School during the survivor lap.

Want to Go?
Relay for Life kicks off at 5 p.m. Friday with the Survivor Check-in. Music will begin at 5:15 and the opening ceremony will start at 7 p.m., including the survivor’s walk.
At 9 p.m. participants will kick off the luminary ceremony and survivor testimony.
A pajama party and fashion show will start at 11:30 p.m.
Saturday morning will start off with breakfast at 8 a.m. and a group exercise with Fit Dimension.
The car show will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at noon.
Closing ceremonies will be at 10 a.m.

Still Need to Register?
Registration can be done on Friday from 5 to 6 p.m.

Who else is helping to fight cancer?
Catawba Springs Elementary students and staff held a volleyball match against one another in an effort to raise funds. The PTA hosted a pizza dinner, while the staff Relay for Life team sold raffle tickets for various prizes. The evening raised $827.
There is also a bracelet sale going on at the school. The third-grade classes have been making beaded bracelets which cost $1. All proceeds are going to Relay for Life. by Amy Wadsworth

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